In a time when other states are trimming back on educational technology initiatives, the governor of Connecticut is moving forward with an ambitious plan to give laptop computers to the state's high school students.

In the budget Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell presented to the General Assembly last week, $15.5 million is set aside to purchase laptop computers for high school English classes.

"If we want our students to be on the leading edge of learning, we've got to provide cutting-edge technology and teaching innovation," Rell said. "Laptops go far beyond improving keyboarding


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